Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is wanted by a host of clubs in Spain with his future at Elland Road in doubt, according to reports from Football Insider.
The 33-year-old has been a controversial figure since arriving at Elland Road, and his future in West Yorkshire is looking uncertain heading into the summer.
The Spaniard joined Leeds from Real Madrid in January 2019, as Marcelo Bielsa looked to bring in competition for Bailey Peacock-Farrell following Jamal Blackman’s season-ending injury.
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In his first season, though, Casilla was mistake-ridden, making a huge error in the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final against Derby County.
Casilla came out to clear the danger amid pressure from Jack Marriott, but he collided with Liam Cooper allowing the Derby striker to tap into an empty net and galvanise a magnificent comeback for the Rams.
This season, Casilla has been solid in-between the sticks, and has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the division with 15 to his name.
But before the EFL was brought to a halt, Casilla was given an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racial abuse towards Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
Now, Football Insider claim that multiple Spanish clubs are keen on taking Casilla back to his home country, after what has been a mixed spell at Elland Road.
The Spaniard is believed to be one of Leeds’ highest earners on £40,000-a-week, and it is said that Leeds privately feel that it would be best to part ways this summer.
Casilla is back in individual training at Thorp Arch as Leeds await their promotion fate, and clubs prepare to see how the 2019/20 EFL campaign will conclude.
Casilla has been a controversial figure since joining Leeds, and he has shown plenty of moments of brilliance and calamity at the same time.
He is a really good shot-stopper and his distribution is magnificent, but whether there is a future at Elland Road remains to be seen.
Even if the Championship resumes, Illan Meslier will be in goal for the next six games at least, and I think he should be Leeds’ number one for the foreseeable future.